Rho Ophiuchi-Antares Region: No human painter could do better than nature in this probably most colorful area of the sky with a variety of emission, reflection and absorption nebulae and a number of interesting objects. Dominating in the right lower corner is the red super giant Antares, several 100 times the diameter of our sun. The multiple star system on the left is Rho Ophiuchi with the big blue reflection nebula. An enlarged picture of this part can be seen here.Three globular clusters can also be detected in this three image mosaic: M4 in the upper right, NGC 6144 in the 11 o´clock position from Antares and M80 in the upper left corner.

Object Rho Ophiuchi-Antares Region
Category Nebulae
Designation Rho Ophiuchi-Antares
Constellation Ophiuchus, Scorpius
Optics TMB 80 f/6 x 0.8 Tele Vue Reducer/Flattener
Mount Piggyback on LX 200 GPS 10 inch and Equatorial Superwedge
Camera Hutech modified Canon EOS 30D
Exposure Mosaic of 3 sets of 20 x ISO 800-5min, IDAS LPS filter
Calibration Dark and Flat Frame
Guiding Meade DSI Pro with LX 200 as Guide Scope, PHD Guiding Software
Processing ImagesPlus, Photoshop
Location-Date Somerset West, South Africa - 15,16,19 March 2007
Remark The mosaic was put together in Photoshop according to Rob Gendler´s method
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